Guest Post: Secretary of the Navy Hatches Brilliant Plan to Sell More Gulf Seafood and Transport Oil to the War Zone

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An unknown quantity of Gulf seafood is tainted with oil and/or dispersant. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

Some have speculated that Gulf seafood would be quietly sold to makers of cat and dog food, to avoid public scrutiny.

But the Secretary of Navy has a different idea – force the good men and women in our armed services to eat it.

As the Times Picayune reported yesterday:

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama’s point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America’s armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible.

Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point “that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood.”

I have friends who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the thought of folks in our armed services being fed Gulf seafood angers me.

Of course, the U.S. considers oil to be a national security issue, and the government spends a lot of money to get oil over to the various war theaters.

Indeed, BP is the main contractor supplying oil to the U.S. military.

The cynical might argue that Secretary Mabus is being callous in allowing our good service men and women to eat tainted seafood.

But maybe Secretary Mabus has an ingenious plan to cheaply transport BP oil into Iraq and Afghanistan: shipping Gulf seafood to commissaries and mess halls, and then having the troops march on their stomachs and transport the oil out into the field.

Yes, the last sentence is parody.

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  1. attempter

    We’ve seen this before. It’s just like the 19th century scandals with toxic canning procedures and other ways in which typical capitalists showed their real feelings toward the troops.

    When you go back down the ladder you see, not just the same people, but the same scum you thought you’d gotten past on the way up. More and more gilded age/robber baron obscenity, as a milestone on the hard road back to medieval feudalism, which is definitely where we’re headed if we keep letting ourselves be herded.

  2. Paul Tioxon

    It’s time for a mass conversion to any and all religions that view shellfish as an abomination. Then refuse on religious grounds to eat the offal.

    1. Anon

      When one of my aunts was in hospital for several months last year, all the women on her ward were eating Halal as this turned out to be the best food option available.

      My aunt was a Jehovah’s Witness, and the woman in the bed next to her was Jewish, but for gustatory reasons, everyone on the ward was prepared to embrace Islam at meal times.

  3. teoui

    My spouse had been not feeling well lately. I was getting hungry and am singularly inept in the kitchen. I decided to eat some leftovers for dinner. All I could find was some stir fried shrimp and vegetables that I had refused to eat the prior evening. I hadn’t eaten seafood since the BP spill. After consuming all the veggies, I caved and tried the shrimp. The first two pieces went down okay. The third had the frank taste of hydrocarbons, I spit it out into the trash, with a renewed conviction.

  4. leapfrog

    Perhaps Secretary Mabus should be “the tester” – eating the Gulf seafood 5x a week for 6 months before any of the troops are asked to partake in his assinine experiment.

  5. CingRed

    Given our President’s “love of country” it is completely consistent that he would have someone as his point man who would suggest serving up poison to our troops. My suggestion to both is to eat s__t and die!

  6. Patricia

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has made himself poster boy of our government’s attitude towards it’s people. That he can state this so nonchalantly exposes a poisonous general atmosphere in the military and indications are that it spreads beyond the military.

    Do not forget Ray Mabus when dealing with those who supposedly represent us–their responses to our needs and demands have been, and are likely to continue, to emerge from a similar sociopathy.

  7. BondsOfSteel

    It’s the duty of our men and women in service to eat as much chocolate-covered cotton as possiable. After all, everyone has a share in the syndicate.

  8. skippy

    This will enviably cut costs, down the road, and increase the value and quality of important stock portfolios…win win methinks.

    Skippy…Vinny better find a new job…between all the DIA / environmentally influenced problems I for see a spike in the suicide rate…there goes you captive client base.

    PS. all clinicians rendering services to our soldiers need / should be required to under go a long field trip….the healing should start over there…kinda like fighter pilots eh.

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